Homemade Taco Seasoning

3 minutes
September 16, 2022
Carole Jones

Are you ready for a big change because it is time to throw away those nasty packages of store bought taco seasoning!  This homemade recipe will make your taco night the best and contains no preservatives or other scary ingredients.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe - the best you will find and so much better than the stuff from the envelope!

I have always seasoned my taco meat mixing up my favorite yummy spices in my cabinet.  It is what my mom did when I was a kid so I had no idea what the stuff from those envelopes ever tasted like.  Then this summer came along and I was asked to be the camp cook for over 100 girls.  Since I had to prepare over 30 pounds of ground beef, I decided to take the short cut and buy a big jar of pre-made taco seasoning.  I didn’t really think twice about that decision….until it came time to eat our walking tacos that night for dinner.Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe - the best you will find and so much better than the stuff from the envelope!I kept taking bites of my walking taco trying to figure out what the heck was wrong with it.  It tasted so bland and the meat was all pasty and nasty.  Let’s just say I have taken a sacred vow to never use the prepared seasoning packets junk ever again.

If you have never made taco seasoning from scratch, I will forgive you but only if you raise your right hand right now….yes, now….and also vow to never buy those packets ever again.  This recipe comes together in less than 2 minutes and your taco loving life will never be the same again.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

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  • 2 Tb chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tb cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper


  1. Mix all the spices together and store in an airtight container. To use, combine 2-3 Tb with one pound of cooked ground beef. The amount depends on how seasoned you like your taco meat.

If you are a fan of taco night, then you will love my Pork Carnitas recipe as well!  Click on the picture to check out my all time favorite recipe!

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Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


8 years ago

Finally, a recipe that I can control the spices.

8 years ago

It is a great one!

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